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Over Fonda Vela Hotel
Natuur is waar het hier om gaat. Het hotel is gelegen in het regenwoud, waar het verfrissende klimaat ervoor zorgt dat men het er "eeuwig lente" noemt. Het hotel is gebouwd met de natuur in het achterhoofd. Zo laten de grote ramen in de kamers de natuur naar binnen komen en zorgt de 1400 m hoogte voor een prachtig uitzicht. In de omgeving zijn natuurpaden te vinden waar je mooie vogels tegen kunt komen en het beroemde Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve ligt op 2 kilometer afstand.
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De accommodatie is gelegen op een heuvel in een groene omgeving en het centrum van het Monteverde Cloud Forest bevindt zich op circa twee kilometer afstand.
• 2 Restaurants
• 2 Jacuzzi's
• Diverse tours
Een bezoek aan het Monteverde Nevelwoud is als een sprookje. Het bos wordt dan ook wel ‘het sprookjesbos van Costa Rica’ genoemd. De geheimzinnige mist die altijd in dit woud hangt, zorgt voor een mysterieuze sfeer.
"Nice Property Close to Wildlife Reserves"
My wife and I recently spend three nights at the Fonda Vela and absolutely enjoyed our stay. Although the rooms could use some rehab they are comfortable enough. More about this later. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The views of the gulf of Nicoya are spectacular and they are very close to two different reserves, Monteverde and Curi-Cancha. The hotel is not close to town but it is only an $8.00 US cab ride from the hotel giving you different restaurant choices or shopping. Santa Elena is not large though, essentially â€˜downtownâ€™ is a large triangle, and is easy to walk. The roads to town are unpaved, ungraded, and rocky so be prepared for that. Most cabs have four-wheel drive so, except for a few bumps, the ride was comfortable. The staff at Fonda Vela could not have been nicer or more accommodating. They quickly responded to all of our questions. I read some complaints about the food in the restaurants but we though the food was great. Iâ€™m pretty sure they cooked up the best chicken sandwich Iâ€™ve ever had. The free breakfast was good with several choices laid out buffet style and they even had an omelet chef to cook your eggs any way you like them. As mentioned, the rooms are nice but with a little upgrade they could be much better. We had a junior suite with a king and queen size bed. The room was large and had a small sitting area, table and two chairs that overlooked a huge garden area with a fountain. The lawn chairs they have in this area, as well as others scattered throughout the property, are all in need of replacement or repair. No room air conditioning but the windows opened and our room had a portable fan in it. We had no problems with the temperature. We were in room 33 and one of the windows had a large cut in the screen so we were unable to open that one. Newer furnishings would be nice but the bed was comfortable and the refrigerator worked. We did not spend that much time in the room so it was fine. I think itâ€™s funny when travelers go to a tropical cloud forest that has thousands of different types of insects and they complain when they see a bug in their room. Undoubtedly some of them will find their way into your room. Youâ€™ll be better off if you just anticipate that will happen. As an example, my wife had some unopened power bars in her backpack, which was on a dresser in the room. Somehow thousands of tiny ants discovered them and actually chewed through the packaging to get to the bars. So a word of caution, do not leave food, sealed or otherwise, in your room. Put it in the refrigerator â€“ it will be safer there. And we had no problems with the bugs outside. We brought bug spray but never used it. There is a very nice hiking trail (takes less than a half hour to complete) that borders the hotel property that we hiked three times. A portion of the hike follows a creek and we felt like we were alone in the jungle. We never saw another person using it. The hotel should advertise this more as it was a very nice walk. We saw several species of birds, agouti and coati. But watch where you step as there are leaf cutter ants at various points along the trail. Very fun watching them as they carried large sections of leaves, much bigger than they were, back to their nest. Fonda Vela is close to the Curi-Cancha Reserve, walking distance actually. I highly recommend going to this relatively unknown wildlife refuge. Only $15.00 US to get in, very affordable. We did not see many people, which youâ€™ll appreciate if you head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. We did see many animals including the highly discussed resplendent quetzal. Very beautiful bird. They like avocado trees and a big one is along one of the first trails in the park. Bring some binoculars. So despite the small number of negatives I would still recommend Hotel Fonda Vela. Remember that it is a 3 star hotel and not a 5 star resort. It does have some very nice amenities and charm, good food and the staff was very friendly and accommodating.
"Beautiful grounds but . . ."
First you should not check into this hotel unless you have private transport. They are quite far out of town but there is no complementary shuttle service. Another minus is without private transport you have to eat at the hotel and the food is very mediocre. The last disadvantage was while they advertised that they had wifi there was no wifi in the rooms. The staff explained that it wasn't working temporarily but their answer when asked if it would be mended in the 4 days we would be there made us wonder how long it had been "broken". Consequently, the reception area was crowded with people using the wifi in the only area it is available. On the plus side, the staff were very helpful and pleasant and the grounds are beautiful. The rooms fall between the plus and the minus. The plus side is that the room itself was large, quiet, and had a good view. The minus side is the mattress on the bed was adequate but not great and certainly not new or even newish.
"Hotel Fonda Vela"
Where to begin? The room: walked into the room and was hit with the strongest smell of Raid or an insecticide. Immediately saw a two inch cockroach on the wall that scampered away. Old bedding, dirty shredded screens on the windows. Older dirty chairs in the sitting area. The safe was demolished and smashed. The bathroom was filthy with mold, a couple of unidentifiable bugs and poor lighting in the sink area. Discovered the hair dryer was inoperable at 10:30 pm. Ice bucket in the room but you had to go to the bar area to get ice. Also, no wine or bottle openers. Bottled water had to be purchased in the restaurant. Coffee in room- no stirrers or spoons. Wi Fi was only available at the office. Distances to walk we manageable but not near. No AC, no fan in the room. Had to beg for the fan. Great views from the rooms plus walk paths. Kodimundi all over the place and birds. We were there for two nights. A dog was always barking in the distance plus construction. Ironically, the food was great! Bfast buffet was great and plentiful. Dinner one evening was delightful bass. You can take your own wine into the pool area or restaurant. Their meals are expensive. Apps start at $12.00 In the am the capuchin monkey nicknamed Mateo, would entertain everyone near the dining area. I would never return to this place unless they overhaul the rooms and get wifi in the rooms.
"Won Over by Quaint and Charm of this Place"
I can see why this hotel may get mixed reviews. Booking was a bit of a nervous fare for me as I could never get a hold of someone to confirm booking through multiple email attempts and one phone call in CR. However, I was glad we kept the faith in the booking. We voyaged up the mountain to find a wonderful stay at Hotel Fonda Vela. I referred to my emails at check in to ensure that we had the proper accommodations and they were quick to respond and ready a room that was both updated, had excellent view and two separate beds for a party of 4. As the room was not yet ready, they gave us drink coupons which won us over straight away! The room did smell when walking in but I'm sure it was a bug barrier spray so we aired it out and the smell did go away within hours and the bugs were not to be seen during our stay. It can be cool in the evenings and the rooms do not come with heaters. Long sleeves recommended for chilly evenings. I highly recommend #5 for view and room comfort when traveling with a group of 4. The rooms have safes and while i lost my glasses, one of the employees found them and made sure I got them before I left. Also, the jacuzzi (one is not working) was a awesome bonus at night and the food at the continental hotel was delicious! I give the 5th star in that I was surprisingly won over with my stay despite some bumps along the way. :)
"2 nights in Monteverde"
The hotel itself is ok, but we decided on the place as we were promised "nice view" from all rooms. This is not the case. And as our neighbours had their front door right next to our bed, privacy was very limited. It's a 10-15 min drive to Santa Elena city centre, so if you don't have a car I wouldn't recommend staying here. The spa and pool area is nice though. And a lonesome capuchin monkey made last mornings breakfast very entertaining.
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